Behind the Scenes of Stringing Magazine

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind a sucker for those "the-making-of" special features included on DVDs these days. You know, the laugh reels, the director’s commentary, the short history documentaries that provide a backdrop to the movie. I’m not the only one, right?

So, one day as I was reading over my long to-do list for Stringing, I thought about all the steps that go into making the magazine and how—just maybe—contributors, readers, and just plain curious people might like a little glimpse into this process. Interested? I will play tour guide on this wholesome Peeping-Tom adventure . . .

Here’s our editorial assistant Debbie Blair with buckets full of submissions sent in to Stringing. For each issue of Stringing, we receive an average of about 150 pieces of jewelry to consider! I would love even more submissions—check out our Contributor Guidelines for details.
Here I am setting out a necklace on our conference table in preparation for a submissions meeting. The Stringing team votes for favorites, keeping in mind that all featured projects must have a partner for the facing page and that we need variety in what we choose. During this meeting, we must whittle down the submissions by at least one-third—a tough task!
Deep in the basement of Interweave is our own little photo studio manned by talented photo stylist and in-house photographer Ann Swanson. Here, Ann artistically positions a necklace for our Winter 2008 issue of Stringing, available late December/early January.  Subscribe to Stringing magazine now to make sure you get this much-anticipated issue!
Assistant editor Elizabeth Murray (foreground) and managing editor Melinda Barta (background) in the Stringing and Beadwork editorial office. Here we edit files and read them once, twice, three times, and more!

And here are the people who take all the edits and photographs and turn them into a magazine as you know it. Mark Dobroth in production puts the text into magazine-page format, and Sarah Chesnutt, our graphic designer, makes it all look beautiful!


Stay tuned. Maybe we’ll put together a Stringing bloopers montage—we do have some fun around here! In the meantime, enjoy the fruits of our labors, such as this free project, Lakeside by Kelly Angeley.

New Free Project
by Kelly Angeley

The chunky pressed-glass rondelles used in this necklace look like real turquoise, but cost much less.  Tip:  Using seed beads at the bar end of the toggle clasp makes it easier to fit the bar through the ring half of the clasp.  This project is from Stringing magazine.  Download Lakeside.

About the designer:  Kelly Angeley lives, beads, and teaches beading in Florence, Oregon.  

Danielle Fox is the editor of Stringing, Bead Star, and Beads 2008 and author of Simply Modern JewelryPlease post any questions or comments for Danielle on the website.

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